Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Some Bugs

Written By: Angela DiTerlizzi
Illustrated By: Brendan Wenzel

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Some Bugs

Summary:
From butterflies and moths to crickets and cicadas, a rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior.

Rating: 3 ***

Watch the ladybug. She pretends to be each type of bug as each one is introduced. She’s the only constant bug in the book.

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Astrid the Fly

By: Maria Jonsson

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Astrid the Fly

Summary: A small insect learns that even though she can walk on the ceiling and fly superfast, there are dangers lurking everywhere.

Rating: 3 ***

Jonsson portrays life from a fly’s perspective, showing his family, food and dangers a fly might encounter.

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Big Bug

By: Henry Cole

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Big Bug

Summary: A nifty story about perspective. Cole shows images in focus and refocuses each image to include a bigger picture.

Rating: 4 ****

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Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks

By: Tedd Arnold

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Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks

Summary:
Fly Guy has learned a lot of new tricks, but when he shows off at dinner time he and Buzz get into trouble–though later they prove useful.

Rating: 4 ****

A great first chapter book. It’s silly and light on text.

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The Worm

By: Elise Gravel

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The Worm (Disgusting Creatures)


Shares information on the earthworm with graphic illustrations and fact-filled text that traces its extensive history as well as its habitats, anatomy, and behaviors. Includes basic facts about the creepers, such as their ability to sense light without eyes, the manner in which they get around, and the food they like to eat.

Rating: 5 *****

A great non-fiction book because it’s humorous and not light on text making it easy to read and understand.

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The Fly

By: Elise Gravel

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The Fly (Disgusting Creatures)


Focuses on the common housefly and its fondness for all things revolting. Gravel takes joy in detailing the housefly’s typical meals, which include such savory delights as garbage-juice soup, dirty diapers, and doggie doo. The Muscidae family (to which the housefly belongs) is depicted with Mom, Dad, a younger sibling, and a slouchy adolescent fly. Includes graphic illustrations and fact-filled text that traces its extensive history as well as its habitats, anatomy, and behaviors.

Rating: 5 *****

Gravel offers a fun and humorous way for kids to learn about flies. Even better this is a part of a series about icky creatures.

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